I started casting this year and bought Lee equipment through Bose's
Pro 4-20 Pot... $54
Ingot Mold... $9
The best prices I've found on the Lee Molds have been through MidwayUSA
Single Cavity Molds... $14
Double Cavity Molds... $18
Six Cavity Molds... $35
Handles for Six Cavity Molds... $12
Lube and Size Kits... $12
Interest in both the 35 Rem and 444 Marlin brought me to casting my own bullets. I was sorely disappointed in the availability of bullet designs for both calibers. I wanted a bullet with a WideFlatNose (WFN) and I just couldn't find a commercially produced mold that had the design in the weight I was interested in.
As far as a rifle bullet for the 35 Rem, Lee doesn't have one. RCBS has a design but it is .001" undersized for the Marlin, the meplat is too small and I wanted a 180 to 185-grain bullet. SAECO offers a .35 caliber bullet but it isn't designed for the 35 Rem.
I went through the drill of special ordering molds through Lee for the 444 Marlin and was very please with the way that things turned out. I need to work through it with the 30-30 Win, 35 Rem and 375 Win but that is down the road. Basically, special order molds will cost you about $50 each if you order 4. I found enough interest in the 444 mold design that the cost dropped to the MSRP of $25 for the individual molds. I did have to sink $600 into the project as I didn't want any money up front until I saw the final product. The cost of Lee special order products includes the shipping but I had to charge everyone $5 to ship the molds from my address.
You can custom order molds through Mountain Molds
for $60 each plus shipping. It is a lot of fun and a learning experience to poke around on that site.
Like reloading... you end up spending a lot of coin on different things that you never planned on or thought about. I wanted to mention my thoughts on molds as I know you posted your interest in a black bear hunt with the 35 Rem using BTB. That's the point I wanted to make about casting and the molds. There are a lot of pistol mold designs that you can make due with but to place the hunting performance of a home cast bullet up against a product like the Beartooth Bullet is going to take a lot of effort and some coin. The satisfaction of accomplishment is very much worth it in my opinion but it is an effort. I love my BTBs and cycle a lot of them through my rifles. I enjoy trying to make a bullet that meets the expectations of that product but it takes a certain amount of effort to do so.
Marshall is a real tease... He just sent me a box of bullets that will make a 45 ACP (my favorite handgun) a real hog killer. Shame on you Marshall, you know that it is going to drive me crazy as I try to duplicate you effort....